Friday, December 28, 2012

Open Thread Wants Some Hot Tamales

Posted By on Fri, Dec 28, 2012 at 5:57 AM

A few days ago, I was driving home from Louisiana with my girlfriend Wendy and her son Graham. We took back roads through Arkansas and Mississippi, and then up through Memphis. As I drove through the tiny town of Lake Village, Ark., with Graham and Wendy asleep, I passed a little shack with a sign "Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales." I went a few blocks farther, and a hunch told me to turn around and check it out. I woke Wendy and Graham and said, "I'm going in. I'll report back."

Inside, I found a charming place, with a couple of folks making tamales at a table in the back, then wrapping them in corn husks. Assorted pies sat on the counter. I got six tamales for $5, and some mini-pies that were $1 each. The tamales were divine, and the pies — coconut cream and a combo pecan/sweet potato — were exceptional, by any standards. It was just a snack, as we'd eaten recently, but it was delicious, and Rhoda was delightful.

First off, if you find yourself within 25 miles of Lake Village, make a detour to get to Rhoda's. Check out a video interview with Rhoda here.

Second, does anyone know where to get good hot tamales here? I haven't eaten them often, but I think I feel a major food crush coming on.

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